This press release was issued by ANZ (PNG) at a press conference in Port Moresby on Friday 17 May 2002 at which Allan Marlin, ANZ's Managing Director, presented a cheque to KSI Patron, Anthony Smare. The presentation appeared on EMTV National News on Saturday 18 May 2002 and will be be reported in all PNG newspapers this week.
ANZ announces Major Sponsorship of PNG Student Organisation, Kumul Scholars International (KSI)
ANZ today announced a major sponsorship of nearly K10, 000 (A$5000) of international PNG student organisation, Kumul Scholars International (KSI).
Kumul Scholars International is an Australian-based student organisation that raises awareness amongst PNG students of issues affecting their country. The financial contribution from ANZ will assist with KSIs activities for 2002.
Managing Director ANZ, Mr Allan Marlin said:
"As a responsible corporate citizen and employer, we are pleased to support any endeavours taken by young people of PNG to contribute beneficially to the development of the country. Our assistance to Kumul Scholars International is in line with our overall people capital development goals which includes sending our people in PNG for short and long term assignments to other points of representation in the Pacific and Australia".
Upon receipt of the cheque, KSI Patron, Anthony Smare said:
On behalf of the KSI President Hitolo Moka, the Vice President, Pulas Yowat and the Treasurer Gae Kauzi as well as the KSI in general, I accept this generous sponsorship of A$5000 by ANZ. KSI owes its existence to generous corporate support of PNG companies like ANZ and its Principal Sponsor, Orogen Minerals.
ANZ has a developing people capital development, as illustrated by its emerging group of young managers which include former KSI members Daniel Faunt, Nathan Wingti and Michelle Ramos who are currently employed by ANZ (PNG). I believe that ANZs support of KSI in the way of this sponsorship package of K10, 000 reaffirms ANZs exemplary long-term support of PNG human resource development and its commitment to PNG. Hopefully we will continue to see the best and brightest KSI members that graduate from universities in Australia and New Zealand and elsewhere being snapped up by companies like ANZ, Orogen and the other supporters of KSI and PNG.
KSIs activities for 2002
The bulk of ANZs corporate sponsorship for 2002 will be used to fund the KSI Convention. The KSI Convention will be hosted by the Canberra PNG Students Association from 10 13 July 2002 at the Australian National University with over 200 PNG tertiary students from around Australia expected to attend.
The theme of the Convention will be Structural Adjustment Programme - emi gutpela samting o nogat?" with discussion focused on the merits of the Structural Adjustment Programme for PNG. The convention will feature presentations by PNG PhD and Masters Students as well as by guest presenters.
Guest presenters at previous KSI Conventions have included prominent Papua New Guineans such as Sir Mekere Morauta, Sir Michael Somare, Lady Carol Kidu, Peter Donigi, Richard Kassman, Dr Tony Deklin, Misty Baloiloi, Charles Lepani, Paul Gazuwe and Mike Manning.
The KSI is also developing a human resource database of its members as well as a website as part of its efforts to promote the interests of PNG nationals studying at tertiary institutions abroad. Further updates on KSIs activities for 2002 will be posted on the KSI Internet board at www.kumulscholars.org and at www.pngscape.com.
KSI Fact Sheet:
Misty Baloiloi Vice Chancellor, PNG University of Technology
Dr Anthony Deklin Senior Law Lecturer, Canberra University
Anthony Smare Lawyer, Allens Arthur Robinson, Melbourne. Founder of KSI
President Hitolo Moka Undergraduate student, Australian National University
Vice President Pulas Yowat PhD Student, Victoria University
Treasurer Gae Kauzi PhD Student, Monash University
University of New England PNG Students Association
Canberra PNG Students Association
Sydney PNG Students Association
QUT PNG Students Association
Townsville PNG Students Association
Rockhampton PNG Students Association
Victoria PNG Students Association
Griffith University PNG Students Association
Thanks folks for the job well done and I'd like to specially thank those who have dedicated their precious study and woking time in the running and functioning of the KSI. With the current support of ANZ and Mineral Oregen, plus the dedicated execuitives, we are heading for a better and brighter future for PNG. What you say!
Keep up the job well done.
Fellow countryman in support.
Diwai blo Melbourne